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National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key

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Wildlife Area
The National Key Deer Refuge is a 8542acre National Wildlife Refuge located on Big Pine Key and No Name Key in the Florida Keys in Monroe County, Florida.The refuge is home to the endangered Key Deer, a subspecies of the White-tailed deer that is endemic to the Florida Keys and has a current population of around 800 animals. 21 other threatened and endangered species of plants and animals are also found on the refuge, which includes 2400acre of upland forests, 5100acre of wetlands, and 1050acre of marsh. 2278acre of the refuge have been designated as a wilderness area.Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Great White Heron NWR, and Key West NWR are administered by the National Key Deer Refuge.
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  • We have been to No Name key several times to see the small dear. This has always been a treat and today's trip was no different. We stopped on the road and six small deer came up to our car, I believe...  more »
  • The Key Deer Refuge didn't take a lot of time to explore but we were richly rewarded. We encountered several of the small creatures near the Blue Hole trail. We did not see any alligators or crocodile...  more »
  • We loved the walking trails for this area but saw no deer. It was a good way to enjoy the day walking through the vegetation and seeing all the trees/flowers etc.  more »
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  • Took us FOREVER to find the Visitor Center- yes, it is in the strip mall. The volunteer behind the counter was very nice but the signage at the trailheads she suggested were not easy to find. We did find the Blue Hole and we're lucky enough to see two alligators. L
  • Cool to see the little deer and alligators. Best of all, it's free
  • Nice little place, mostly run by volunteers. You can get some good information here.
  • Spotting a cute tiny deer was very simple, they randomly walk by the road. Don't go all the way to the coast - there's nothing there!
  • a must see on the florida keys! plan your trip carefully, go there in the early morning (no mositos) or in the evening; it is an unaffected, beautiful oasis, a small bunch of nature you'll have almost on your own - no comparison to the overrun national parks like the Everglades.